This was achieved in Uruguay on February 2, 1960 by Dr. Orestes Fiandra and Dr. Roberto Rubio. The pacemaker was manufactured by Dr. Rune Elmqvist of Elema-Schönander in Sweden, and was implanted in Uruguay in a 34-year-old patient with AV block. This unit worked successfully for nine and a half months, until the patient died of sepsis from an unrelated infection.
In 1969, Dr. Fiandra started the “Centro de Construccion de Cardioestimuladores del Uruguay” (CCC for short) with the purpose of producing pacemakers for use in Latin America at prices well under those of American devices. During the 70’s and 80’s CCC assembled pacemakers designed in the US by Cordis. In the early 90’s however, CCC formed an in-house design team which allowed CCC to supply modern, highly reliable pacemakers to markets that could not afford the prices of devices manufactured in the US or Europe.
Today, CCC caters its design and manufacturing capabilities to companies interested in developing novel implantable medical devices. Their field of expertise is in the design, prototyping, and manufacture of active implantable medical devices.
Many of the devices from start-up companies featured in this blog have been designed and manufactured by CCC Medical.
Company website: www.ccc.com.uy